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>> pelley: tonight, the death toll from the hurricane reaches triple digits. as firefighters discover the dead, many survivors are cold, hungry, and homeless. >> help us. help us the way you would help your family. >> pelley: reports from jim axelrod, anna werner and seth doane. anemployment rises. the economy creates more jobs, but not enough. anthony mason on the final economic report before the election. >> we're four days away from a fresh start. h we made real progress these past four years. >> reporter: a campaign 2012 report from bob schieffer. and "on the road." steve hartman with children of the storm. silver linings in a dark week. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pel >> pelley: good evening. 110.
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that's the new death toll from hurricane sandy, and it's not likely to stop there. bodies are being found today in homes as rescue workers reach into the hardest-hit areas. the pictures that struck us today were of just one family in staten island, new york. 14-year-old kate at her grandparent's house. her mother, julie, trying to pull something recognizable from the rubble. and sheila and dominick trayna holding on to their memories and contemplating the future. the insurance industry estimates economic losses from the storm at $50 billion. second only to hurricane katrina. more than three million homes and businesses are still without power as the nights grow colder. in parts of new york and new jersey, there's high anxiety as the gas gauge drops to empty and the lines go on for hours. this evening, new york city's mayor reversed himself and canceled sunday's new york city marathon.
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his hand forced by withering criticism. > they got generators over there to keep the runners warm. we need the help! >> pelley: the starting line for the race was to be on staten island, home of the trayna family where at least 19 people were killed. we have a team of correspondents covering the aftermath of sandy. first, we're going to go to anna werner who was there when more bodies were found on staten island today. anna? er reporter: scott, many people here say that they live in the forgotten borough and that that ts never been more true than in the wake of hurricane sandy. the devastation and pain are everywhere here, in the neighborhood where more people died than any other. 13 feet of water swept across mapleton avenue. >> we're leaving them in place. >> reporter: the national guard found the bodies here of two people trapped by the surge. one was in a window. catherine merced was also trapped next door.
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er i heard her screaming but we couldn't help her. we were too late. >> reporter: essence berry hill escaped with her three children. his is what's left of her home. >> it hurts. i mean, i cried for a few days but there's nothing else i can do. i mean, there's no more water left in my body to cry. everything is gone and i'm accepting it now. >> army national guard, is yoyone home? ep reporter: today the national guard went door to door to deliver water and military meals ready to eat. >> here? >> shake it, it makes it hot. >> reporter: more than half of the people killed in new york city died in staten island. >> we're here! we're good. w i know. g we're good. we're alive. >> reporter: 470,000 people live here. dana cannistraci is four use before help arrived.
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>> we are the forgotten island. nobody remembers us. >> reporter: people including christopher fedele were furious for plans to go on with the new york city which began in staten island. >> they should be more concerned with what's going on here. rtople are hurting here. people are crying in my arms. people lost lives! >> reporter: homeland security secretary janet napolitano visited staten island today. she was here to help assure residents that they will be getting the assistance that they need. but, scott, the recovery here is going to be a long one. d,uses are destroyed, power lines are down, the destruction is everywhere. >> pelley: anna, it was just earlier today that the mayor insisted that the marathon would go on. word that he has canceled it now is just reaching the runners where michelle miller is tonight. michelle? >> reporter: scott, that is definitely the case. we spoke to a group of irish runners who arrived just today. they are furious.
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they say they spent some $30,000 to fly over here today. they understand what the people are going through but they just believe that postponing the race this late in time was just the wrong decision. some 47,000 runners were expected to compete on sunday but critics say that starting the race in staten island, a place so devastated by the storm was insensitive and that it would be a drain to vital emergency services. mayor bloomberg originally insisted it would not be but then the public outcry grew louder and louder-- from victims, from city officials even from some runners. and then this, from the mayor. >> reporter: scott, this is the first time, it's history, that the new york city marathon has been canceled. >> pelley: michelle, thank you. power may be restored to 160,000 homes and businesses in lower manhattan by midnight tonight.
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jim axelrod is on that part of the story. jim? >> reporter: well, scott, that news is exactly what people in parts of manhattan with no power atve been waiting all week to hear. >> well, my kids have been sleeping here. .> reporter: it can't happen soon enough for 71-year-old judi crespo. -ydi's been cooking soup over sister know and, with her elevator out, hasn't left her place in four days. >> well, i'm desperate. i'm desperate to have the izectricity back on. you don't realize how much you rely on it. >> reporter: a few blocks away from judi, con ed workers like john sullivan and his crew are pulling grates off of flooded transformer vaults. in go pumps and out flows water. the vaults hold transformers that are supposed to work even after being submerged, but they need to be checked. >> this particular transformer is made to go underwater so it should be fine.
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atsed on our experience it should be absolutely fine. >> reporter: of the 3.2 million customers without power, 80% of them are in new york or new jersey. >> we've got more chocolate chip cookies coming out very shortly. ut reporter: the fallout from sandy had people in englewood, eew jersey, heading to mr. todd's pie shop to charge their phones four days later. power companies from virginia to california have sent equipment and workers to help. >> all this food is being thrown out. >> reporter: the cavalry will arrive a bit too late to save paul nick kapblg's inventory at his restaurant overlooking new york harbor. a six figure loss. you don't seem too upset by this. >> listen, you wrap your wounds, you heal, and you go on. >> reporter: if the power does come back, paul nicaj says he will cater wedding reception at his restaurant tomorrow, scott, for 150 guests.
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>> pelley: no power means no gasoline as hundreds of gas jerions in new jersey and long island are in the dark. seth doane is in oceanside, new york, where fuel and patience are running out. >> hey! you're not cutting in here. bull (bleep), don't give me that bull (bleep), i've been waiting here four hours! >> reporter: on long island, gas lines are long. >> i was on line. i was on (bleep)ing line and somebody had to pull out of their driveway. h don't tell me. >> reporter: the line leading to the hess station in rockville center stretched for a mile. steven petricone waited for eight hours. >> i slept on this line in my truck. i slept in front of the taco bell. >> reporter: for how long? >> since 11:00 last night until il00 this morning. >> reporter: so your wife's in line with the car. you're here because she's running out of gas. >> i'm afraid she's not going to idke it here, yes. >> reporter: heath levine waited while his wife lauren back in line was running close to empty. are you lauren?
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>> yes. >> reporter: we met your husband waiting for gas around the line. >> any chance he's getting gas? >> he doesn't know. >> oh. >> reporter: some gas stations don't have electricity. others don't have gas. power outages in flooding in new jersey knocked two refineries offline that produce a quarter of the area's gas and oil. until yesterday, the busiest oil port in the world, new york harbor, also sat idle. back at the hess station, police officers called to keep people calm were a little tense themselves. >> go home. you shouldn't be driving around. how about that? >> reporter: only a few hours after we arrived there was more frustration when the station ran out of gas. on i don't believe this! >> no gasoline. >> no! >> reporter: four hours after the station ran out of gas it received another shipment of it so, scott, tonight the lines are back. and they're even longer. >> reporter: seth, thank you. and if all of this were not enough, forecasters say a new
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storm is brewing in the atlantic. some of the same areas devastated by sandy may be hit next wednesday by a nor'easter with strong wind and heavy rain. we got the last unemployment report today before the election next tuesday. the unemployment rate ticked up a tenth of a point last month to 7.9% because more workers tried to rejoin the job market but didn't find jobs. 171,000 jobs were created in october, but that's generally only enough to keep up with new people entering the work force and not enough to make a dent in unemployment. here's anthony mason. >> where is that? >> reporter: jason goldberg started his online design business,, in the living room of his new york apartment in 2010. >> this table here is actually the table that fab was born at. second bedroom turned into another office here. >> reporter: the hurricane forced him back there this week after sandy knocked out fab's
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new york headquarters and its rsw jersey warehouse. but goldberg can fit only a fraction of his employees here now. he has 450 workers. >> that's up from 80 at the beginning of this year. >> reporter:, which sells everything from art to clothing, is flourishing. >> we're going to sell $150 million worth of product this year and we expect to double that next year. >> reporter: hiring at companies like fab is improving the job outlook. n addition to the 171,000 jobs added in october, august was revised up 50,000 and september by 34,000. the economy's now averaged more than 170,000 jobs created over the past three months. >> there's persistent improvement, but it's slow. >> reporter: michael darda is an economist with m.k.m. partners. >> so we're adding jobs but adding jobs at a pace that probably means it's, say, three to six years before we're a fully employed economy again. >> reporter: hurricane sandy may have disrupted business at, but jason goldberg still expects to hire 200 more employees next year.
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>> we're not going to let this hurricane get us down. >> reporter: sandy has put pressure on retailers like fab. the crucial holiday season accounts for half of its business, scott, and that season starts now. >> pelley: thanks, anthony. the presidential candidates-- no surprise-- had different takes on the unemployment numbers. in ohio, the president said they showed "we have made real progress." governor romney in wisconsin said the numbers show the economy is still at a virtual standstill. it takes 270 electoral votes to win the presidency and our cbs news election team estimates that 255 are solidly in the obama camp or leaning toward him. for mr. romney it's 206. so the election will come down to the nine swing states that could go either way. bob schieffer is our chief washington correspondent and anchor of "face the nation" and, atb, what do you make of how close it is in the swing states? >> well, it started out close and it is even closer now. scott, i kind of took a survey
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of our pollsters. they can not recall a time when these battleground states are closer than they are right now with the possible exception of ohio where the president has a teeny lead. esl of these states are in the margin of error. what that means is there are eight battleground states out there that either of these candidates could win. it's just going to come down to who gets their voters to the polls. it's going to be all about turnout. this race is an absolute dead heat from everything that we have that we can measure it by. >> pelley: bob, thanks very much. bob will have the latest on the campaign and the aftermath of the storm this sunday on "face the nation." they're battling for every woman's vote in ohio. we have new details about the c.i.a.'s role in defending the u.s. consulate in libya. and steve hartman "on the road" with the youngest survivors of the storm when the "cbs evening news" continues. the storm when the "cbs evening news" continues.
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>> thank you! >> reporter: which took place a couple of hours after she put in a full day on the phones at party headquarters, stressing the economy as a primary women's issue. >> the race is going to be very close in ohio. you could make the difference. >> reporter: in 2008, women made up 52% of the vote here. at this late stage, she's hunting for a particular voter. the polls seem to suggest there's still ground to make up for governor romney in ohio. >> i've been in so many campaigns and the excitement does make a difference. >> reporter: 27 miles away there's plenty of enthusiasm at a shaker heights coffee shop where cyndi demsey presides over a postcard party like a drill sergeant. >> here we go. write clearly. if they can't read it, it's worthless. >> reporter: the latest cbs news poll of ohio showed the president leading governor romney here 56% to 39% among women.
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those in demsey's group are all democrats, all composing personal messages to undecided women voters. this is crunch time, your lives don't matter, it's all about the campaign. (laughter). >> reporter: you are as close to the ground and the ground game as you can get. >> we are the ground. we are absolutely the ground. people have postcard parties in their homes. we give them lists. this is happening all over. >> reporter: scott, both sides are well aware that four years ago ohio women supported mr. obama 53% to 45% and helped him carry this state. >> pelley: dean, you've been spending weeks in ohio, i wonder, how good is each campaign's organization there? >> reporter: well, one way to look at it is the footprint, and the footprint of mr. obama's campaign is much larger than governor romney's. there are 131 field offices for the president in this state compared to 39 for the governor. >> pelley: dean, thanks very much.
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including ambassador christopher stevens. our david martin has learned that the u.s. military deployed two special operations teams to respond to the attack-- one from europe, one for the u.s., but they were later turned back. when sandy flooded out shore fommunities, a lot of comparisons were made to venice. well, wouldn't you know it, venice is flooded, too, after several days of heavy rain. the adriatic sea rose up and d erwhelmed the canals. the water was two feet deep in st. mark's square. the prototype for all the space shuttles was exposed to the elements after sandy ripped the bubble that protects it off the top. "enterprise" was not damaged. it's now part of the "intrepid" and space museum on the hudson in new york city. the children of the storm tell their story to steve hartman. "on the road" is next. to steve hartman.
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mattered more than than trying to find a kitten named monkey -- at least not to 12-year-old casey sullivan of point pleasant beach, new jersey. on monday, her family had to evacuate without their cat. >> because we can't bring pets everywhere we go. so we had to leave them, hoping for the best. >> reporter: and that's just one example of the ocean of worry that has swamped so many kids on the coast this week. it started, ironically, on sunday when parents told their kids not to worry. >> i definitely yelled at my dad a lot. i was, like, i don't know who to trust. i don't know if i trust you or the weatherman. >> reporter: 11-year-old michaela sless of margate, new jersey, says her parents ignored the mandatory evacuation. >> i was a little scared. i was, like, but it's a mandatory evacuation; why aren't we leaving? >> reporter: fortunately for them, as michaela documented, the water peaked just shy of "i told you so." >> pretty much under water. >> reporter: a few blocks away, worry didn't strike until the next day when 10-year-old alyson doyle went for a walk and saw her neighbor's house
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much worse off than hers. >> it's people's homes. now they don't have their homes. >> reporter: all that worry felt just this deeply. nothing can ease it. but on the positive side, from all this pain, some goodness is emerging. after a week at home without electricity, some kids are actually reporting a renewed appreciation for their moms and dads. >> our family's been together so much, we actually, like, really like talking a lot. >> reporter: and you like that? >> well -- >> reporter: for a while, at least. >> yeah, it was good. >> reporter: the power outage is also generating some change in alyson. she has been recently considering her electronics addiction. >> i think i'll be outside more of the time. >> reporter: really? you've rediscovered the outdoors? >> yeah. >> reporter: most kids we talked to found some silver lining. >> now you know how other people feel when they don't have a home. >> actually, it's changed me a lot. it makes me look at life different, what i have, you know? >> reporter: even casey, the girl with the lost cat. she got back in to see her
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house yesterday. the place was trashed. but the water stopped just short of the kitchen counter, which had turned into a kitchen island for a little kitten named monkey. >> meow. >> reporter: count that as one more survivor and one less thing to worry about. steve hartman, "on the road" on the jersey shore. >> and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, i'm scott pelley. i'll see you sunday on "60 minutes." good night. captions by: caption colorado the federal jobs numbe >> your realtime captioner: linda marie macdonald. good evening, i'm dana king. >> i'm ken bastida in for allen tonight. the federal jobs numbers are out. >> and what they're telling us is that the new american job is now a part-time job.
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nationwide, u.s. employers added 171,000 jobs in october. but with more people looking for jobs, the unemployment rate ticked up slightly from 7.8 to 7.9%. cbs 5 reporter elissa harrington explains those numbers include a big group of part-timers. elissa. >> reporter: that's right. part-time work saves businesses money but comes at a high cost to those who actually take it. some people are working multiple jobs just to make ends meet. >> i have applied for hundreds of jobs. but you don't -- i don't get a lot of call-backs. >> reporter: 52-year-old karen jones is a single mother who also takes care of her elderly father. she was laid off from her full- time job as a technician last november. since then finding work has been near impossible. >> i have gone to career workshops, rehabbing angling myself. it's hard. >> reporter: she got her first gig in almost a year working for $1


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